School bells ring again as pandemic abates


TEHRAN – Educational spaces across the country have lived in bitter silence for around 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but school bells rang again on Saturday as signs of the deadly disease abate across the country.

Every year, Iranian students begin the school year on September 23, which marks the first day of autumn in the Iranian calendar, after three months of summer vacation.

The back-to-school ceremony is officially opened by the president each year, as he rings the bells in a symbolic gesture at a chosen school.

All educational centers in Iran have been closed since February 2020.Today, in different regions of the country and in schools ready to welcome students, the back-to-school bell has rung so that the educational units can officially start their activities.

In Tehran, the ceremony took place in the presence of President Ebrahim Raeisi in a school in Shahr-e Rey, in southern Tehran.

Due to vaccination and reduced transmission, schools have been gradually reopening since September, and around 15 million students across the country can benefit from face-to-face education with strict adherence to health protocols during school hours. class.

Considering that there are currently 94,449 public schools in the country, of which 44,363 have less than 75 pupils, it is possible to open schools with a limited number of pupils.

Education in high student density schools and populated classrooms is also supposed to be followed both online and in person so that on special days and with the necessary restrictions in accordance with health protocols, classes take place. in person.

Alireza Kazemi, the guardian of the Ministry of Education, said that the new school year started with the three slogans “Continuing education, quality improvement and health guarantee” and that all the necessary planning has been made for a gradual reopening with healthy students and teachers.

With the start of school operations, principals were tasked with deciding how first graders should attend school, including 1,634,383 this year.

Iranian television school

All educational centers in Iran have been closed since February 2020.

To keep students in touch with their studies, the Department of Education on April 9 launched a home mobile app, called SHAD, offering students distance learning programs. More than 60 percent of students and 94 percent of teachers attended 64 percent of classes through the SHAD app, whose acronym in Persian translates to Student Education Network.

In addition, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) also started broadcasting educational television programs on a daily basis after the schools were closed.

The reopening bell of “Iran Television School” also rang at the start of the school year.

Teaching in TV school is one of the best and strongest presentations, despite having the most experienced teachers, and it can be said that one of the best things done during the pandemic was to “establish justice educational “by creating a” television school “.

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